Donegal Harvest Stages Rally launched

Rally in memory of Martin Howley in Killybegs

Donegal Harvest Stages Rally launched

The organisers of the Donegal Harvest Stages Rally have announced further details of the final round of the Triton showers National Rally Championship, the Sligo Pallets Border Championship and the Donegal Commercials DMC Rally Championship based at the Bayview Hotel in Killybegs on Saturday the 8th October 2016.

The Rally was officially launched by Clerk of the Course Karl Reid at Killybegs Pier , standing in the shadow of the MFV “Atlantic Challenge”, the Super Trawler lately skippered by Martin Howley, and he described the route as 8 stages of classic Donegal tarmac.

He made reference to the last time Killybegs hosted the Rally:

“It has been at least 16 years since the Harvest was based in Killybegs. The route we’ve chosen varies from Wild Atlantic Way coastline to fast and twisty inland stages. Some of it was last used over 30 years ago. It’s fantastic. It will be the ideal test of car and crew on new terrain, ideal for the climax of all the visiting Championships. We can’t wait to get it started.”

“There will be two stages West of Killybegs in the morning that will be repeated and two more to the North and East of Killybegs in the afternoon, also repeated. We are actively monitoring the route as a number of senior officials live along it, and a full rally programme will be available from local outlets before the rally starts. Service will be in Killybegs, which will be the hub of the whole event.”

“The event Secretary has reported over 50 entries received within the first week and I would advise visitors to channel their accommodation requests to the Bayview Hotel in the first instance. We are expecting a big entry and a big crowd for the big weekend on 8th October. We are appealing for anyone who is available to assist as Stewards to contact Chief Marshal, Francie Devine at harvestrallymarshal@gmail.com .

The Rally launch was preceded by photographs at Killybegs Pier with the MFV Atlantic Challenge, followed by a parade of Rally Cars led into Killybegs by St Catherine’s Band, finishing at the Bayview Hotel, the Rally HQ for the event.